Shannon Noll shares his thoughts on life, celebrity and his jungle miracle.
Shannon Noll shares his thoughts on life, celebrity and his jungle miracle. Contributed

PODCAST: Shannon Noll's struggle with celebrity

THERE is a small part of Australian singer Shannon Noll that would love to go back to just being the country boy singing to his steering wheel.

A popular contestant on the first season of Australian Idol way back in 2003, 'Nollsy' was catapulted into the spotlight and a world of celebrity.

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Matt Collins:

You were runner-up in the very first series of Australian Idol in 2003. Surely you didn't think you would get as far as you did?

 

Shannon Noll:

At the time I was thinking I would love to have a go, but I wanted to play footy because if I didn't play we were going to forfeit. We had forfeited twice that year because of lack of numbers, and if you forfeit three times you have to close the club down. Luckily, my brother was the coach and he said, "Don't worry about football, stay down there and go to the auditions".

 

MC:

Getting as far as you did on Idol, do you look back on that time with fond memories?

 

SN:

Most definitely. It was a turning point in my life. It split my whole existence right down the middle from what was, to what became. I believed in myself that I could sing and I had a lot of good feedback over the years about my vocals and my ability. I just wanted to clarify that really.

 

MC:

After Idol, was that an overwhelming period of your life after that?

 

SN:

Oh yeah, there wasn't much time to stop and smell the roses that's for sure. I went straight on the road and we started touring. It was the heaviest touring I have ever done in my life. I think the first tour was 15 shows in 10 days.

 

MC:

You seem like a pretty down-to-earth, typical Aussie knockabout bloke. How does the word celebrity sit with Shannon Noll?

 

SN:

Yeah, it's a difficult one. I do perceive myself as just a bloke that sings. I've got a job just like everybody else. It's quite funny how people treat you differently after seeing you on the TV. I do struggle a bit with that and always have.

 

MC:

Is there a small part of you that would like to go back to being that guy that nobody knows?

 

SN:

Most definitely.

 

MC:

What is the thing you miss the most about obscurity?

 

SN:

I don't like people just staring at you all the time. It is a little bit weird for me. When people do the double-take I just keep walking. I'm past them before they realise who it is.

 

MC:

You mentioned your lovely wife earlier, you have just had your fourth child, little Colton. What's the plan? Are you going for a whole football team or something?

 

SN:

Haha. He was definitely a surprise. We call him the jungle baby. I think the detox in the jungle (Noll was on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2018) was a bit more thorough than I thought it would be. I thought those days were over for me. I had an accident and fell off a ute back in 2008 and damaged the old, man area.

 

MC:

Little Nollsy?

 

SN:

Haha, yeah that's it. The doc said we wouldn't have any more kids.

 

MC:

So Colton is the miracle baby.

 

SN:

He really is.

 

MC:

Let's talk about the jungle. When you sign up for something like I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, what sort of thoughts do you have prior to going into that show?

 

SN:

Obviously I had seen the previous episodes where they are eating horrendous stuff and jumping out of planes. There was a couple of things I didn't take into account and that was the boredom. You were locked in that camp with no concept of time. With three kids and a family, that was hard. I just wanted to make sure the family was okay back home. And you are starving the whole time and I really struggled to sleep.

 

MC:

What did you learn about yourself during that time?

 

SN:

Well that's why I wanted to do it. I wanted to find that little bit of grit and back myself again.

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